It’s a nickname people who live on Sand Mountain don’t want.
Several Marshall County church congregations are coming together Saturday in a stand against meth, and to pray for an end to hunger and homelessness as well.
“Let’s walk and let’s pray, and let’s bathe this mountain in prayer and watch what God does as a mountain moves,” coordinator Jon Henderson said.
It’s called the Awakening March for the Mountain, and it will be a gathering of Christians publicly praying to make the community better and more united.
The march will start at Boaz Church of God and end at the Church at Lake Guntersville.
That is 12.8 miles, nearly half a marathon, but Henderson plans to make the entire trek and expects dozens to join him, if not hundreds.
“It sounds a little crazy, but I think we’ve seen that the normal hasn’t been working. So maybe it is time to get a little crazy, and do some things that we normally wouldn’t do,” Henderson said.
One of the focuses is meth, to discourage people from using as well as encourage people to turn to the church in their recovery.
Shane Cannady said he sampled just about every drug available and was addicted to meth for nearly a decade.
He said he tried to quit throughout those years of drug abuse, but found himself unable to do so until going to a different type of New Year’s Eve party.
“The only way that I actually got to a point where I could actually quit was when I went to a church event that somebody invited me to called Unashamed,” Cannady said.
“Instead of being addicted to drugs that night, my life turned around and I was addicted to Jesus Christ from there on out.”
Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls said his department has seen decreased numbers in meth arrests, and attributes that to recent legislation involving Sudafed sales.
He said there is still work to do, and appreciates any and all community involvement.
“We’ve got to have community help, the awareness groups,” Walls said.
“Just like the walk that’s taking place in Boaz, to keep this on people’s minds. Let them know that we need their help, that we have a problem, and it’s going to take all of us to solve it.”
The march starts at 8:00 am Saturday, with a prayer gathering beforehand.
Police will escort the procession through Boaz, Albertville, and Guntersville, and there will be drivers assisting those who can’t make it the full 12.8 miles.
For more information, visit the Awakening March’s facebook page.